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December Home Maintenance Check List

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 12/5/17 7:40 AM

December Home Maintenance Check List

Man! We are busy, as a society! I often feel like I don’t have time to take a breath and then I look at friends of mine and think, “seriously, where do they find the time to____?”. More often than not, the blank in that question is filled in with some sort of deep cleaning or home maintenance activity. But let’s be honest with one another, to be a good homeowner and to save us money and headaches in the future we should be performing preventative maintenance on our homes. When I used to work in hotels, we made sure that all of the guestrooms received preventative maintenance on a consistent basis to catch maintenance issues before they happened. If hotels do that for the complete strangers that stay with them, shouldn’t we for our families?

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Topics: Maintenance, Home Maintenance

How To Prep For Frost

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 11/17/17 5:00 PM

How to Prep for Frost

With the arctic air that is sweeping across the Midwest and Northeast I’m afraid I may be too late with some of these helpful tips on what to do to prepare for your first frost of the season but perhaps not! Let’s look at what can be done to prepare our homes and increase its energy efficiency!

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Topics: Maintenance, Home Maintenance

November Home Maintenance Checklist

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 11/7/17 7:15 AM

November Home Maintenance Checklist 

Man! We are busy, as a society! I often feel like I don’t have time to take a breath and then I look at friends of mine and think, “seriously, where do they find the time to____?”. More often than not, the blank in that question is filled in with some sort of deep cleaning or home maintenance activity. But let’s be honest with one another, to be a good homeowner and to save us money and headaches in the future we should be performing preventative maintenance on our homes. When I used to work in hotels, we made sure that all of the guestrooms received preventative maintenance on a consistent basis to catch maintenance issues before they happened. If hotels do that for the complete strangers that stay with them, shouldn’t we for our families?

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Topics: Maintenance, Home Maintenance, home improvement

How to Fill Nail Holes (Easily)

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 10/24/17 7:00 AM

How to Fill Nail Holes (Easily)

“Are you sure this is where you want the pictures? Once I hang them, they are going to stay there. I don’t want to have to fill in nail holes all the time.” This is what my husband said to me upon my first attempt at a gallery wall. Well I made it 4 years but now I’m ready for a new look—a more playful, lighter look. I took to hanging them myself this go around (I’ve become handier in the last few years) but now I have ugly nail holes and his words ring in my head every time I start to ask him to fill them. Well, hallelujah for the Gracious Wife and her amazing tip to easily fill nail holes for a fraction of the cost. The best part? I don’t even have to buy anything! The tools needed are a crayon and lighter. That is it!

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Topics: Maintenance, Home Maintenance, Home Materials

10 Ways to Reduce Heating Costs

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 10/20/17 4:45 PM

10 Ways to Reduce Heating Costs

We all know that the mortgage isn’t the only bill you take on when you own a house. You must cover the cost of upkeep, maintenance and utilities to keep your house comfortable. After all, you didn’t buy the thing to not enjoy living in it! Water, cooling, heating… it can all add up to quite a bit! According to the US Department of Energy in 2012 the average cost per person on their residential energy expenditure was $750.00 and 48% of that goes into heating and cooling your home! As the cooler months are approaching let’s look at ten ways we can reduce the heating costs:

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Topics: Maintenance, Home Maintenance

Strange Noises Explained

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 10/17/17 6:40 AM

Strange Noises Explained

Everywhere I’ve turned lately there has been some sort of spooky creature lurking (okay, usually they aren’t moving) or creepy movie ad—tis the season after all. With all these creepies infiltrating my preferred, sunshine and rainbows outlook, the noises in my house seem to be harder to disregard. Together, let’s put my mind and yours at ease for a better night’s sleep to come!  

Materials that are used to build a house- wood frames, plywood, glass, metal ducts, nails, plumbing pipes—all expand at different rates. This means, according to houselogic, as a house cools at night, the materials may move slightly, rubbing against each other making noises that could make you sit straight up in bed! “But they seem to be happening more frequently,” you may say. To that I respond, “Tis the season” but literally this time, it is the fall season which means that while the sun may warm up our days the nights are usually filled with crisp, cool air causing your house to cool even more.

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Topics: Maintenance, Home Maintenance, Home Materials

Dinner Ruining Your Pipes?

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 10/9/17 6:45 AM

Dinner Ruining Your Pipes?

I was not fortunate enough to have a garbage disposal in my house, growing up, so when my husband and I bought our first home and there was a garbage disposal, I used that sucker for everything! I mean if you can run it down the drain and you don’t have to smell old dinner sitting in your garbage can, why not do it?! Not too long ago, I was trying to shove chunks of frozen chili down the drain (with the water running of course) and that is when the hubs realized that perhaps I was overusing the disposal. Then the other day I came across an article that warns about types of food which can ruin your plumbing… oops! Maybe I can help you to avoid the possibility of ruining your pipes with dinner.

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Topics: Maintenance, Home Maintenance

October Home Maintenance Checklist

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 10/3/17 6:45 AM

October Home Maintenance Checklist

Man! We are busy, as a society! I often feel like I don’t have time to take a breath and then I look at friends of mine and think, “seriously, where do they find the time to____?”. More often than not, the blank in that question is filled in with some sort of deep cleaning or home maintenance activity. But let’s be honest with one another, to be a good homeowner and to save us money and headaches in the future we should be performing preventative maintenance on our homes. When I used to work in hotels, we made sure that all of the guestrooms received preventative maintenance on a consistent basis to catch maintenance issues before they happened. If hotels do that for the complete strangers that stay with them, shouldn’t we for our families?

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Topics: Maintenance, Home Maintenance

Keep Your Flame Burning

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 9/12/17 6:50 AM

Keep Your Flame Burning

I don’t know where you live (that’s right, you can rest easy) but where I am the crisp fall air is moving in and with it comes football, chili, and pumpkin scents everywhere! That makes this girl a pretty happy camper! Get out your snuggly jammies because you are going to need them in these next few months. However, if you are fortunate enough to have a fireplace you may not need to pull out your flannel sheets just yet. 

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Topics: Maintenance, Cleaning, Home Maintenance, house cleaning

September Home Maintenance Checklist

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 9/4/17 8:00 AM

September Home Maintenance Checklist

Man! We are busy, as a society! I often feel like I don’t have time to take a breath and then I look at friends of mine and think, “seriously, where do they find the time to____?”. More often than not, the blank in that question is filled in with some sort of deep cleaning or home maintenance activity. But let’s be honest with one another, to be a good homeowner and to save us money and headaches in the future we should be performing preventative maintenance on our homes. When I used to work in hotels, we made sure that all of the guestrooms received preventative maintenance on a consistent basis to catch maintenance issues before they happened. If hotels do that for the complete strangers that stay with them, shouldn’t we for our families?

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Topics: Maintenance, Home Maintenance, home improvement

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